Cat Love (#poem) + How to Make A Photo Collage

a cat collage I made for my dad

Many people love cats.

My family is no exception.

That is why, for Father’s Day in 2013, I decided to give my father something that he wanted: the gift of memories.

I accomplished this by making a Cat Photo Collage for him, because he loves cats.

I also wrote the poem, Cat Love, for him, which I included in the collage.

Here is the poem, which you can clearly see pasted into the collage:

Cat Love

Cats provide companionship,

semi-conditional love and joy;

Purring when happy,

growling when annoyed.

They each have personalities

and unique characteristics.

They have an amazing ability to heal

using their purrs and licks.

Cats are just like little children,

and will eat wet food on command.

They’ll ask to go outside

so they can roam and play.

They’ll bring home mice as presents,

whether cats are orange, black, white or grey.

Cats are adorable little creatures

– I think this is something we all know –

For all the reasons listed here,

this is why we love them so!

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My Birthday Reflections and My Next Goals (write sex books!)

Last Updated : Tuesday, August 16, 2016   This is a True Tales Tuesday  post. Birthdays mean different things to different people. Most people view them as a reason to celebrate, eat, drink, party, and have fun. I do, too, to a certain extent, but as I get older and older, I have begun to … Read more

5 Unique Challenges Women Face When It Comes to Drug Addiction

5 Unique Challenges Women Face When It Comes to Drug Addiction

 

I once tried to kill myself. I have also been a drug addict. And a prostitute. They all stemmed from the fact that I was raped when I was 14.

Because I am currently working on a book to help others overcome their suicidal thoughts, I accepted this guest post from Jennifer McGregor. It discusses topics such as addition and suicide.

Suicide is Happening More Often These Days

It may be surprising to some, but suicide is actually the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 – 24. And in fact the suicide rate for both genders in that age group has steadily increased since 2007. But young people aren’t the only ones being affected by increased suicide rates. The rate of suicide for middle-aged men has increased by 40 percent since 2008.

From bullying to financial troubles to mental health issues, there are many reasons people choose to take their own lives. At PublicHealthLibrary.org, we’re seeking to educate young people and adults who may be considering suicide about the life-saving resources available to them.

There are many different reasons women may begin abusing substances including physiological, cultural, emotional, and spiritual. Women battling addiction face unique challenges before, during, and after their addictions. Listed below are five of the unique challenges women face when it comes to drug addiction.

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A Poem for My “Janu” (A.K.A Mr. “X”)

A Poem for My Janu

Good news! I’m in love!

But… don’t get too happy for me just yet… because I live in Canada and the guy I am in love with lives in India.

Yeah.

*SIGH*

How I Met My Janu (and what “Janu” means)

We met on Facebook, of all places, if you can believe that!

It’s kind of funny, actually, because I had been trying the whole “online dating thing” since mid-March (of 2016)… with no luck.

I joined one particular dating site and then, about a month later, I joined another. And the online “dancing” began.

UGH.

It’s tough trying to get to know someone, especially when many guys lie about what they are truly looking for (most are just looking for a quick hook-up or a one-night stand). It’s even tougher to try and get to know someone when they are playing mind games, lying to you.

After many different conversations and picture exchanges, I decided to meet a few guys in person. However, I didn’t “click” with anyone. The only guy I was even remotely interested in was not 100% interested in me, even though he said he was. I soon found out that he was a liar. I don’t need people like that in my life!

Anyways, it’s a good thing that I didn’t really connect with any of these guys! I wouldn’t have found Mr. X otherwise! (I will call the guy I am in love with Mr. X for now, because he doesn’t want anyone knowing who he is. The customs and cultures in his country are very different from those in North America, and I want to respect his privacy.)

It was Mr. X’s birthday recently, and I wanted to do something special for him.

I made him a poem picture using the letters of his name, took a picture of it, and sent it to him.

I also wrote the following poem for him and sent it to him. I posted it on Facebook, too. Janu, apparently, is Hindi for “my love,” “my dear,” or “my life.” I think it can also be spelled “Jaanu.” I’m not sure. I don’t speak Hindi!!! (However, I’m learning a few words…) 😉

Anyway, here is the poem I wrote:

Happy Birthday to my JANU in India

I wanted to write a special poem to say
How much I think of you each and every day.
There is something really special about you,
And though we’re miles apart,
My feelings for you are true.
I’m so very attracted to you
and think you are a handsome, gorgeous man.
I really want us to be together forever,
and honestly, truly hope we can.
You’ve got a big heart and an intelligent mind,
You speak such nice words to me, and are very kind.
Despite my past, you show a lot of respect to me,
and by your side is where I want to be.
I’ve never fallen in such true love so fast before,
and can’t wait to see you arrive at my door.
If you feel the same way about me,
I vow I will wait for you and other people I won’t see.
I want us to be committed to one another for life.
I’ve even considered – some day – of being your wife.
I’m ready for a real, lasting relationship with someone,
And I hope that I can stop looking now, that I’m done…
Because I found you, or because you found me —
Because we found each other —
And, that together, we are meant to be.
<3 Written on June 25, 2016 for my “Janu.” <3

How We Are Strengthening Our Relationship

Mr. X and I somehow became “Facebook friends.”

He sent me a message. When I first saw it, I was busy and didn’t have time to reply to him.

Later, when I had time, I took a look at his profile pictures. Somehow, they spoke to me. I was immediately physically attracted to him.

Look at him… he’s gorgeous!!!

This is picture of my sexy Mr. X.

I immediately wanted to get to know him!

So, I replied to his message… and…

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Midge, My Tilted Kitty

Midge, with her head tilted

I will tell you up front that Midge is a cat and not a person.

She and Veronica are the newest additions to my parents’ home. All of the other cats my parents had are now gone. (I honored them all in a cat collage I made my dad for Father’s Day.)

And yes, I’m using this blog today to share my love for Midge.

The way I see it is like this: watching Midge is like watching poetry in motion. (That’s my justification!)

That, and the song I wrote for her. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)

Meet Midge

Midge is my new baby. She and Veronica – along with Princess – actually all belong to my mom and dad, but I’m always at their house, and so I’ve been spending a lot of time with Midge, who I think is the cutest cat ever!

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True Tales about My Life

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Hi. It’s been a while since I’ve been around this website of mine… I know.

You deserve to know the truth as to WHY.

I’ve been busy as all get-out! I’ve also been doing some soul-searching.

True Tales Tuesdays ARE BACK!!!

Yes, that’s right! I’m bringing back True Tales Tuesdays to this site! 🙂

I think that it will be good to keep these up. I know many of my readers truly enjoy these posts.

Plus, I really enjoy writing them. After all, they are about ME! 😉

And I’ve led quite the life… as some of you may know!

(Keep reading… I’ll mention more about some of my experiences in a minute!)

Lorraine Reguly true tales photo

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Boost Your Productivity by Using Future Me (and Accomplish a TON!)

Future Me logo

Wow. I’m a bit of a procrastinator.

I just checked all the “drafts” I have in my blogging folder, and some are from over two years ago!

Shame on me. And I call myself a writer. LOL

But that’s not why I’m writing this to you today. And, yes, it’s today, April 5, 2016.

Today, I’m going on a rant. I’m also going to talk to you about how you can follow my example to attain self-actualization, as well as all of the things I’ve accomplished since using Future Me.

However, this is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill blog post. So please read it until the end! (Or you might miss something!)

Some Thoughts about my Future

Because I like to write, I think I’m going to bring back True Tales Tuesdays blog posts, like the kind I used to write on my very first blog, Lorraine Reguly’s Life (which no longer exists, as I’ve turned that blog into Wording Well and have since opened a business which offers 4 different freelancing services).

But I like writing, diary-style, and feel the need to document some more of my life history.

After all, one day (ask me when!), I’m going to publish a series of books about my life and all that I’ve been through… from being raped when I was a virgin, to quitting school, to becoming a single mom of a half-Spanish boy, to doing drugs, to prostituting myself, to getting two university degrees, to teaching high school, to returning to prostitution and then getting involved with crack, to turning my life around after nearly dying, to opening a freelancing business, to going on the trip of a lifetime, to… well, let’s see, that’s where I’m at right now, so I am not sure how or when the series will end!

My question to you: Would you like to see these types of posts here?

Let me know in the comments!

How I Used Future Me to Boost My Productivity

Anyway, today I wanted to share something with you that I found helpful to me a couple of years ago, and also which is helpful to me today, in keeping my goals and productivity on track.

It involves writing a letter to yourself… to your future self… using a free service called FUTURE ME.

HOW IT WORKS

Basically, you simply write a letter to your future self. You pick the day you want to receive an email from your present self, then write the letter, then send it off.

Easy-peasy, right?

I was first introduced to this site by Benny Hsu, when I took one of his courses just over two years ago.

At that time, I was still suffering (although mildly) from depression, and I wanted to Get Busy Living instead of dying (the name of the course, which is now unavailable).

Benny actually gave it to me because I wanted it. And, at the time, I had no money. And no credit card.

I am forever indebted to the mastermind who created that 30-day email course.

It changed my life.

I became motivated.

I had drive.

I wanted to reach my goals, and made plans to do so.

Then I reached them.

I used FUTURE ME to help.

I started writing letters to myself, knowing that I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t do what I said I was going to do.

It worked.

Almost three years ago, I wrote the following letter, which I was to receive on my mom’s 68th birthday. I got it, too!

Here is the letter I sent myself:

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Two Recipes for YOU + Why I’ve Been Offline (Hint: My Mom Broke Her Arm)

Mom's arm from the front

I’ve been offline for over a month, and it’s all my mom’s fault!

(Well, I have to blame someone… right?)

It’s true, in this case, though, because my mom fell and broke her arm.

My Mom Broke Her Arm

She hurt herself quite badly, and needed to go to the hospital to learn that she broke her left humerous (upper arm bone).

The image of her X-ray (below) clearly shows the broken bone. (The arrows indicate where it’s broken.)

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